Non-Compliance with Presidential Directive on Retirement Age by Directors in Federal civil service of Nigeria.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria issued a directive that all Directors in Federal Government Agencies and Parastatals should retire after serving for a maximum of eight years, in accordance with PRS.
This directive was aimed at ensuring that there is a regular turnover of leadership in these organizations, and to provide opportunities for younger professionals to take up leadership positions. However, it has come to our attention that some Directors in the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have not complied with this directive.
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is a Federal Government Agency responsible for the standardization and regulation of products and services in Nigeria. The organization is headed by a Director-General, who is assisted by Directors in various departments. These Directors are appointed by the Federal Government, and are expected to serve for a maximum of eight years.
Despite the Presidential directive, it has been observed that some Directors in the Standard Organisation of Nigeria have not complied with the retirement age of eight years. Some of these Directors have been in office for more than ten years, and have refused to vacate their positions. This has led to a situation where younger professionals are denied the opportunity to take up leadership positions in the organization.
The non-compliance with the Presidential directive has several implications for the Standard Organisation of Nigeria.
Firstly, it creates a situation where the organization is not able to benefit from the fresh ideas and perspectives that younger professionals can bring.
Secondly, it creates a bottleneck in the leadership structure of the organization, which can lead to inefficiencies and stagnation.
Finally, it sends a wrong signal to other Federal Government Agencies and Parastatals, who may also choose to disregard the Presidential directive.
It is important for the Standard Organisation of Nigeria to comply with the Presidential directive on retirement age for Directors. This will ensure that the organization benefits from fresh ideas and perspectives, and that younger professionals are given the opportunity to take up leadership positions. It is also important for the Federal Government to enforce compliance with this directive, in order to ensure that all Federal Government Agencies and Parastatals are aligned with the vision of the government.
The staff and union of the organisation appeal with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for intervention.